St the backdrop for the actual story is about Beth coming of age in a very family coping with both poverty and mental illness Her father both paranoid and aggressive sexually abuses her Her mother retreats into her own world talking to her dead mother Bullied by the kids in her school Beth finds refuge in her friendships with some of the First Nations living in the reserve nearby Some of these characters like Filthy Billy named because he has Tourette s syndrome and Nora a girl her age with lesbian tendencies became my favourite characters along with Beth In spite of the harsh
subject matter this is a beautiful book and I could not matter this is a beautiful book and I could not it down The magical realism is subtle with flowers raining from the "Sky A Magic Scrapbook That Always Has "a magic scrapbook that always has pages appearing an invisible coyote spirit or is it a crazy man who follows just out of sight This leads me to my only reservation regarding this book It s one that several other people have made too The author uses the First Nations Coyote figure as a menacing presence in the story It is my understanding that the Coyote is of a trickster I am not versed nough in Native American folklore say if this is always the case however it seems
"to me like it would have been appropriate to use a different figure better yet create her own possibly inspired "me like it would have been appropriate to use a different figure better yet create her own possibly inspired many myths That being said I am looking forwarding to reading by Gail Anderson Dargatz in fact I have the seuel Turtle Valley with me now This is my all time favourite book written by Gail I have read it twice I started this book yesterday and couldn t put it down It s got that uintessential Canadian thing going on poetry and myth and character and landscape all blended together and Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society experienced from the perspective of a teenage girl in a difficult family I like the way that nobody s perfect in this novel The characters are all well developed and richly layered 375 rtcThis was a very fast book to read but one that was a bit hard to digest I had to take some time to think over thevents of the book and my reactions to it This is a book that spans about a year in a small village situated in British Columbia during WW2 Our main character Beth is a girl around 1415 who is growing up in a family that is isolated from itself and from the community The novel displays the tense atmosphere between Beth her brother her mother her father and the two Indigenous boys who work for the family It s one filled with the toxic atmosphere of the many demons plaguing ach member and the inevitable horrors they incur on one another Review Continued Here. Sands of painted turtles crossing a road the smell of baking that fills the Weeks’s kitchen The novel is sprinkled throughout with recipes and remedies from the scrapbook Beth’s mother keeps a boon to Beth as she learns to face down her demons and one of many lements that give The Cure for Death by Lightning its nchanting vitality. .
This was a good book It was well written and I liked the lements of the magical peppered throughout But I just didn t Black Heart, Red Ruby enjoy it Between the lengthy descriptions of farm chores and the baking of desserts I spent much of this book wondering where it was going and what it was building toward I also found that none of the characters resonated I have finished the book with no greater insight into any of the people notven the protagonist I know many people love this book and I don t want to dissuade others from giving it a chance But for me I had to give
it 2 stars because as much as I wanted to reward its 2 stars because as much as I wanted to reward its I truly didn t like reading it and have finished it with a sense of so what Twenty years or so after reading The Cure for Death by Lightening A Recipe for Bees and A Rhinestone Button I found myself mulling over the influence that Gail Anderson Dargatz has had on my future literary xploration Twenty years ago her novel was nominated for The Giller Prize a literary award newly stablished in 1994 to celebrate xcellent Canadian writers Knopf Canada had launched a program The New Face of Fiction in 1996 to bring Canadian authors to the attention of the country s readers and Gail s first book was among themBecause of her novel I became a person who paid attention to The Giller Prize process from the nomination stage to the win I was introduced to vast talent who I d never met before and a plethora of previously undiscovered serious literary styles I didn t
"realize it at the time but Gail introduced me to magical "it at the time but Gail introduced me to magical in her novels where I smoothly absorbed myself into the magical storytelling and merged Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey enchanted Isabel Allende then held no rapture for me Gail s books led me to try authors which I would formerly have by passed The gentle magical realism slightly fantastical turns in the novels of Sarah Allen Addison and Joshilyn Jackson further increased my appreciation for the genre Perla by South American author Caroline de Robertis the lauded The Snow Child and the haunting critic s favourite Wolf Winter I owe the risk tasking and resulting pleasure to Gail Anderson Datgatz Thank you so much Gail I re read this novel as part of my current uest to discover some new offerings to place on my grade 11 independent study reading list next semester While I won t be adding it to their list and I llxplain why momentarily it was very bit as njoyable the second time around The novel unfolds on a family farm in the remote Turtle Valley BC in the 1940 s The narrator is 15 year old Beth Weeks whose personal coming. When fifteen year old Beth Week’s family is attacked by a grizzly her father becomes increasingly violent making him a danger to his neighbors his family and specially Beth Meanwhile several young children from the nearby Indian reservation have gone missing and Beth fears that something is pursuing her in the bush But friendship wit. Of age struggles are juxtaposed against several bizarre and frightening occurrences in her community the grisly death of her classmate which is dubiously blamed on a bear the appearance of strange portents in the natur Absolutely loved this book One of the small things that appealed
to me was that it followed in time logically rather than skipping back and forth as me was that it followed in time logically rather than skipping back and forth as many current storytellers seem to like I really like the deep character development and the setting was fascinating It is set on prairie farm during WWII Lots of great detail suspense conflict She is a very descriptive writer with wonderful images Edging close to being in my top ten of all time This has got to
one my favourite of the year so far I bought this book from a charity shop for 20p as I was attracted by the coverI was literally hooked right from the very start ven with the descriptive welcoming of the setting and some of the characters it just fascinated me The whole story is based during WW2 I believe and set in the farmlands of Canada There are 4 main characters and then a few characters that we get to know of during the story But we take a look at Beth a 15 year old girl who helps out on the farm of her fathers And ofcourse introducing her mother and father who I mentioned briefly and brother Dan One day they take a hike up in the fieldswoodland near their home and camped their during the night As it s obviously Canada you get alot of bears around a The Cure for Death by Lightning is definitely a Canadian book If you ve ver spent time in one of Canada s many isolated rural communities you ll understand what I m talking about Makeshift worlds friendship with some of the strangest yet most alluring and interesting people uniue culture and an Reviewers descriptions of The Cure For Death By Lightning like brilliantbewitchingMysterious ngaging are no xaggeration The Boston Globe describes the style as Pacific Northwest Gothic and I find it fitting This talented writer transports us to the interior of British Colombia during World War Two into the life of 15 year old Beth Weeks Although a mature teen would probably appreciate it The Cure For Death By Lightning is absolutely not a YA novel It is also not for the sueamish Taking place on an isolated farm there are fairly graphic descriptions of a the kind of things that normally happen on farms like farm animals getting slaughteredfarm animals getting attacked by wild animals as well as humans getting attacked by wild animals and vis versa and sexual abuse against animals This is ju. H an Indian girl connects her to a mythology that nriches her landscape; and an unexpected protector shores up her world Set on an isolated Canadian farm in the midst of World War II The Cure for Death by Lightning vokes a life at once harshly demanding and rich in sensory pleasures the deafening chatter of starlings the sight of thou. .Be One My Favourite